The device supports a variety of applications, such as one or more of the following: a telephone application, a video conferencing application, an e-mail application, an instant messaging application, a blogging application, a photo management application, a digital camera application, a digital video camera application, a web browsing application, a digital music player application, and/or a digital video player application.
Lots more here, and here’s the actual patent application. Any patent lawyers in the audience willing and able to take a quickie look and see if anything jumps out? The application was published a few days ago but it was filed all the way back on September 5, 2007, which seems odd to my totally novice eye given that the original iPhone debuted only eight weeks earlier. Would they really have had in the plans in place for v2.0 so quickly? Or was this just their way of staking their claim to some basic schematics for what they wanted to do with 2.0, with the actual device possibly bearing no relation to what we’re seeing here?
We’ll know soon. Soon!